Om mani padme hum

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This is a picture of a prayer wheel that I have shot this morning while I was visiting Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar, the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment).

It is a cylindrical ‘wheel’ (Tibetan: ‘khor) on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather and even coarse cotton. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit externally on the wheel.
Also sometimes depicted are Dakinis, Protectors and very often the 8 auspicious symbols Ashtamangala.
According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.

The most commonly used mantra in prayer wheels is Om Mani Padme Hum.
This mantra is the resonant vibration that helps tune a human being toward enlightenment energies.
This beautiful mantra was given to us by Avalokatishvara (Sanskrit) or Chenrezig (Tibetan), the deity that is the embodiment of compassion.
By chanting this mantra one harmonizes in the choral resonance of pure compassion.
This tends to have a calming effect and allows one to tame, open and develop the mind.

An old Tibetan man was praying beneath the Bodhi-tree and he left his hat and this prayer wheel on a shawl at his side.

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One Response to “Om mani padme hum”

  1. Very terse and informative article.

    Thank You Laurent.

    Cheers from India,
    Satish.

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